There has been a lot of back and forth on Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Lord of the Rings spin off The Hobbit and it looks like the recent rumors that it’s been pushed off until next year may not be true. With both del Toro and Peter Jackson saying that the scripts have been completed and ready to go since April, they have been waiting for one thing just like every other filmmaker out there , the holy grail… I mean the green light.

Although no announcements have officially been made, our friends over at MarketSaw have said that they have a reliable source (which they normally do) from the 3D team that has been confirmed on the project who has said that the movie is moving forward. Their source told them when they asked about pre-productions beginning now:

…the usual 3D technical suspects have been rounded up… so I would bank on it.

This isn’t the “yes Frodo is in full costume and walking to set right now” type of quote that we would like, BUT real sources are never that direct and this does seem rather promising for the film. Deadline seems to think that pre-productions and casting will begin in November (although we’ve already heard a lot of rumors already about Matthew Goode, Tobey Maguire, Tom Waits and more), so there is no way of telling when they will cast it or if they already have and we just don’t know! Deadline reported:

They will set everything in place in a New Zealand powwow next month, and then casting will begin for a November start.

Marketsaw seems to think that things will be moving much sooner. The race is on, but the good news is, it looks like we WILL be getting del Torro’s artistic and imaginative version of The Hobbit.

When do you think the movie will get made? If ever?